Curry leaves have a very subtle, understated delicate flavor. They should not to be confused with curry powder, which is a blend of many spices. Curry leaves can sometimes be an ingredient in curry powder, but alone they will not bring enough curry flavor to a dish to consider it a curry. Used in the cuisine of Southern India and Sri Lanka, curry leaves are also sometimes found in the cooking of Northern India. Curry leaves immigrated along to Malaysia, South Africa and Rèunion with Southern Indian immigrants and can sometimes be found in the cuisine there. Curry leaves are used in these cuisines as an herb, much like we might use bay leaves, however the leaves are softer and need not be removed before serving.